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American Legal History: Statutes

Federal Statutes

United States Code (USC):  Arranged topically with 51 titles, there are two annotated versions of the United States Code, United States Code Annotated (USCA—burgundy in color) and United States Code Service (USCS—black).  They are produced by different publishers and can differ in the annotations they provide, so it’s a good idea to check both sets.

Some statutes dealing with Indians can be found in Title 25, for example.  Other statutes may be found elsewhere—use the index volumes at the end of the set to find what you need, or there are volumes listing acts by popular name (Civil Rights Act of 1964, etc.)  We keep copies of both sets in the Law South stacks.

Federal statutory and legislative material can also be found online in the following places:

State Statutes

State codes:  Annotated state codes work very much like the federal codes, but may have a different topical organization.  For example, in Ohio, statutes dealing with elections are contained in Title 35 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The Taggart Law Library has state codes for all 50 states in the state materials section on the south side.